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How to write about politics

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9 November 2015

Episode 213

30 minutes


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We speak to journalists around the world to find out how they write about politics. We discuss when it’s suitable to throw in a bit of humour in Britain with parliamentary sketchwriter Michael Deacon, our Washington correspondent Sasha Issenberg tells us how he tackles US politics and we head to Beirut to discover how you report on a political minefield that could get you in a lot of trouble.

9 November 2015

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Michael Deacon, parliamentary sketchwriter

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‘The Daily Telegraph’ is a bastion of old-fashioned values, conservatism and some very good writing. Rob Bound speaks to the paper’s parliamentary and political sketchwriter Michael Deacon about what his job entails.

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7 minutes


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Sasha Issenberg, political journalist

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Monocle’s Washington correspondent Sasha Issenberg speaks to Steve Bloomfield about how he tackles US politics.

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Writing about Lebanese politics

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Monocle’s Beirut correspondent Venetia Rainey speaks to two journalists about what it’s like when what you put on the page might put your life in jeopardy.

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